The Equine Sales Company Open Yearling and Mixed Sale, held Sunday in Opelousas, La., got off to a strong start with a pair of Louisiana-bred yearling fillies bringing $50,000 each early in the auction, and the final results showed big increases from last year.
All told, the yearling and mixed sessions combined for sales of $333,100 with 85 of 126 head sold for an average price of $3,919. Last year's auction reported gross sales of $203,350 with 84 of 183 sold with an average of $2,421. Last year's top-seller came in at $17,000.
“It was great to see the upward trend continue in Louisiana after we had a very successful select yearling sale in September,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director. “Having two horses bring $50,000 is a big deal for the open yearling and mixed sale, plus we had good results overall with a jump in average over last year.”
The first filly to bring $50,000 was Hip 10, a daughter of Proud Citizen who sold to Charles Castille from the consignment of Brown's Thoroughbred Farm. Named Gator Proud, the April filly is a full sister to multiple Grade 3 winner Miz Ida out of the stakes winning and G3-placed Green Alligator mare May Gator.
The other $50,000 filly was Hip 18, Blessed Anna, who sold to Virginia Lazenby from Select Sales, agent for Coteau Grove Farms LLC. The February foal is from the first crop of the Medaglia d'Oro stallion Fast Anna and out of Pleasantly Blessed, a multiple stakes winner by Pleasant Tap whose three foals to race are all winners.
For complete results, go to www.equinesalescompany.com.
This marked the final sale of the year for Equine Sales Company. Next up in 2019 is the 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale set for April 2.
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